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Holiday Season Safety in the Midst of COVID-19

Tuesday October 27, 2020

MDHHS has issued guidance on how to travel and gather safely during the holidays

The holiday season will be different for Michiganders this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure families do not miss out on being together during the holidays, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued guidance on how to travel and gather safely during the holidays.

Jack O’ Lanterns on The Old Rustic Background.
Traditional mexican Day of the dead altar.
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Roasted whole turkey on a table with apple, pumpkin and figs.

“There are still many ways to safely spend time with friends and family over the holidays,” says Health Officer Rebecca Burns, “It is important that we are aware of the COVID-19uptick not only nationally, but especially in our own tri-county area. It is crucial to follow the guidance of MDDHS to prevent the spread of the virus.” Traveling and in-person gatherings increase the chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. However, if you decide to travel for the holidays, follow these safety measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Individuals who should avoid attending or hosting in-person holiday celebrations with people who do not live in their household, include those who:

The new guidance also urges Michiganders to consider hosting virtual festivities instead of in-person holiday gatherings if there is a risk of community spread based on the risk identified in the MI Safe Start map. If an in-person gathering is hosted, it should be held outdoors if possible. Indoor festivities should avoid crowded, poorly ventilated or fully enclosed indoor spaces, and should be limited to 10 people or less per MDHHS Oct. 9 Emergency Epidemic Order. In addition, attendees of indoor or outdoor festivities should:

Read the full “Celebrating the Holidays During COVID-19” guidance for additional tips to consider before, during and after a gathering to stay safe this holiday season.
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